Before and After — Dalhausser and Rogers

The Before and After series focuses on the two or three key creative choices, in terms of composition and processing, that go into creating an image.  Specific technical details about the shot have been left out — you won’t hear me talking about tone curve adjustments and whatnot unless it was a key component of the end result.

Dalhausser and Rogers at the 2009 Houston AVP tournament.


  • Shutter:  1/4000
  • Aperture:  f/2.8
  • ISO: 200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM (at 125mm)

Composition and Processing

  • It gets pretty boring just shooting serves, hits and digs in volleyball — sometimes the more interesting emotions, however subtle, come out in-between the points.  I caught this shot of Dalhausser in a rare in-game smile, with his partner just behind him in the background.  There’s not a lot going on here, but it clearly conveys how confident and relaxed the top team in the world was of their game (at least in 2009).
  • I accidentally clipped Daulhausser’s head in the original (the guy is very tall, after all).  To accommodate, I went with a vertical crop and chopped in all the sides, making his unintentional scalping normal by comparison.  I probably would have done this anyway:  the shot is personal that way, which matches the expression on his face.  There’s still the ball in hand and the out of focus net in the background to remind you he’s on the court.


February 24 2012 07:52 pm | Photography

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